[[http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/608792 House of Cards]] is {{Tropers/Regiment}}'s 2009 UsefulNotes/{{NaNoWriMo}}-winning novel. It may seek publishing in the future.

Character sheet and some kind of actual blurb possibly forthcoming.

'''This troper work provides examples of:'''
* AffablyEvil (Nocens, sometimes)
* AngstWhatAngst (Messus had a terrible childhood, but pointedly doesn't complain about it)
* AntiHero (Edward sort of approaches this)
* AnyoneCanDie
* {{Arc}} (three of them; a cut fourth is mentioned in the afterword)
* AscendedExtra (In original drafts, Cyrus Requiam was a very minor character)
* AuthorAppeal (All the characters have interesting swords, and the unambiguously evil villain lies)
* AuthorAvatar (Cyrus Requiam)
* BatmanGambit (Nocens is a mediocre planner, but he's adaptive)
* BavarianFireDrill (How Nocens always gets what he wants)
* BellyOfTheWhale (Edward [[spoiler:has his right hand destroyed by Nocens]])
* BerserkButton (Don't [[spoiler:hurt]] Nocens)
* BewareTheNiceOnes ([[spoiler:Nocens pushes Messus a little too far]])
* BilingualBonus (Several minor characters who are killed by Nocens have last names that translate to "[[spoiler:expendable]]" in various languages. Also, about half of the cast anyway, including Samuel [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Nocens]] and Messus [[TheWoobie Lache]])
* BittersweetEnding ([[spoiler:The Instructor and Edward are killed, but Messus's life, at least, looks like it could turn out all right]])
* BondOneLiner (Nocens, when he feels like it, but most noticeably when he kills [[spoiler:Edward]])
* ButForMeItWasTuesday (Nocens doesn't remember Edward's first teacher at all [[spoiler:until the end, when he uses it to distract Edward]])
* ChandlersLaw (when the story starts to slow down, Nocens will usually get the plot moving in his own [[AnyoneCanDie distinctive way]])
* ChaoticEvil (Nocens, made very clear in his MotiveRant)
* CoincidenceMagnet (Edward's teacher is killed by a lunatic, and he ends up living with a new teacher who's marked for death by the same lunatic, so he's sent off to live with a man that [[spoiler:works for the same lunatic]])
* CompleteMonster (Nocens)
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan (Edward)
* CoolOldGuy (Auras Haimon, although he's probably not all that old)
* CoolSword (Everyone)
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome (for the author, anyway- the existence of this book)
* CrystalDragonJesus (Barely mentioned, but Regiment- yes, [[{{Regiment}} this one]])
* DefiantToTheEnd ([[spoiler:The Instructor]], who goes out with a PrecisionFStrike)
* DrillSergeantNasty (The Instructor, through and through)
* DrivenToSuicide (Beatrice is so disapproving of her sister's marriage that she drives her brother- in- law away, leading to her sister's suicide. [[spoiler:After pawning Messus off on the Instructor, Beatrice kills herself]].)
* EarnYourHappyEnding ([[spoiler:All of Messus's friends except Auras die, but Messus might be all right]])
* EndOfAnAge (maybe, since [[spoiler:most of the Khalmise die, and Messus's life, at least, is greatly changed]])
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep (the Instructor, who insists on being called that even once the other characters learn his real name)
** Parodied with [[EvilMatriarch Beatrice Warthensol]], who insists on calling him "''Mr.'' The Instructor".
* EvilMatriarch (Beatrice Warthensol, Messus's aunt, who broke up his parents's marriage, drove off his father, and unintentionally drove his mother to suicide)
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath (Nocens [[BerserkButton gets]] [[UnstoppableRage angry]] at Tarah and cuts her to ribbons. Also [[spoiler:Nocens's death, which involves a rapier getting ''broken off in his brain'']])
* FamousLastWords (three times)
** [[spoiler:"It's... complicated"- The Light]]
** [[spoiler:"Fuck you, pretty- boy"- The Instructor]]
** [[spoiler:"I'm... afraid"- Nocens]]
** Averted with [[spoiler:Edward]], who is killed instantly- see FinalSpeech below
* FauxAffablyEvil (Nocens is clearly having a lot of fun killing people)
* FinalSpeech (Averted with [[spoiler:Edward]], who is killed instantly)
* FlawExploitation (why Nocens is so dangerous)
* ForTheEvulz (Nocens, pretty much)
* FourTemperamentEnsemble
** [[AntiHero Edward]] is a cynical Choleric
** [[TheWoobie Messus]] is an upbeat Melancholic
** [[DrillSergeantNasty The Instructor]] is an angry Sanguine
** [[CoolOldGuy Auras]] is the Phlegmatic voice of reason
* GenreSavvy (Nocens, in a low- level example)
* GrammarNazi (Edward)
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies]] (The ending)
* ICallItVera (Everyone. Parodied with Messus, who calls his sword Crystal Edge, even when Edward points out that it's trimmed with ivory, not crystal)
* InformedAbility (The Khalmise are supposed to be the greatest fighters in the world, among other things; despite this, two are killed [[spoiler:and a third defeated and made into TheMole]] before the first chapter, [[spoiler:Ille Haido Lorian is killed in her sleep]], [[spoiler:The Light and The Instructor]] are surprisingly easily defeated, and [[spoiler:Masod Chamnisborgh dies of ''old age'']]. Perhaps somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that the Khalmise are explicitly not only the best ''fighters''- Masod Chamnisborgh and Cyrus Requiam are Khalmise because they're smart, and Iono Milias got in because he kept pestering them)
** Also the Instructor, somewhat, since he only gets into one actual fight throughout the book, and [[spoiler:he loses and dies]].
* InsistentTerminology (Their names are ''Edward'' and ''the Instructor'', not ''Ed'' and [[spoiler:''Adrian James'']])
** And for a while, after the Instructor [[spoiler:loses his temper and stops speaking to]] his friend Auras, Auras calls him a "pompous, self- important jackass". [[OverlyLongGag A lot.]]
* InsultBackfire (Edward calls Nocens [[YoureInsane insane]]. [[CaptainObvious Nocens already knows this]])
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold (The Instructor, despite his constant demeaning and criticism, is willing to take in people with nowhere else to go)
* JumpedAtTheCall (Edward)
* KarmicDeath ([[spoiler:Dorian, Edward, and Nocens]]- basically everyone who dies)
* TheLancer (Messus is cheery and naive, while Edward is increasingly cynical and world- weary)
* [[spoiler:[[LightIsNotGood TheLightIsNotGood]]]] (In the last act)
* LowFantasy
* MadnessMantra (Very briefly: "Lost")
* TheMole ([[spoiler:Dorian Sloasar]])
* MotiveRant (Nocens is building a [[TitleDrop house of cards]])
* Nakama (Edward and Messus seem to hate the Instructor, and he appears to hate them, but it's obvious they support each other)
* UsefulNotes/NaNoWriMo (Written during [=NaNoWriMo=] 2009)
* NoHuggingNoKissing (The author claims that all the characters are too mental for any kind of romantic relationship, and he quotes [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]]'s complaint about shoehorned love stories in the epigraph)
* NoNameGiven (The Instructor, originally, although his name ([[spoiler:Adrian James]]) is revealed fairly early on)
* OldMaster (The Instructor, naturally. Arguably Auras as well, although his age is unclear)
* OrphanedPunchline ("The spiders don't wear red", the punchline from a joke about "the spider and the nuns". In the afterword, the author threatens to smack silly anyone who makes an actual joke with that as the punchline)
* OverlyLongGag (Everyone calling the Instructor a "pompous self-important jackass", and the references to the Light's school by its full title)
* PrecisionFStrike ([[spoiler:The Instructor]]'s last words, and a concept embraced and explained in the afterword)
* [[PretentiousLatinMotto Pretentious French Motto]] (The Light's school has one that translates to "for the eyes of magnificent men".)
* ProductionNickname ("Plotline")
* RedRightHand (inverted, in that it's [[spoiler:Edward]] whose right hand is broken and deformed [[spoiler:eventually]])
* RuleOfThree ([[spoiler:Edward is hurt by Nocens three times before Nocens kills him]])
* ScarsAreForever (Edward's [[spoiler:broken right hand and, later, his right shoulder, both of which are never expected to heal properly]]; also, the Light's scar across his face [[spoiler:which he got during his FaceHeelTurn]])
** [[spoiler:Of course, both men are killed before their scars could even begin to heal]]
* ShoutOut (to everything from ''Franchise/{{Bioshock}}'' to [[DeathMetal Dimmu Borgir]])
* ShutUpKirk ([[spoiler:Nocens]] to [[spoiler:Edward]])
* SourSupporter (The Instructor)
* SdrawkcabName (Cyrus Requiam's original name in early drafts was very close to this)
* TalkToTheFist ([[spoiler:''Messus'']], of all people, to [[spoiler:Nocens. With a sword]].)
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou (Edward's personal vendetta against Nocens. [[spoiler:Subverted when his zealousy gets him killed, and Messus finishes off Nocens]])
* TitleDrop (part of Nocens's MotiveRant)
* TwoLinesNoWaiting (Edward and Messus's journeys, and Samuel Nocens's murder spree)
* VerbalTic (Nocens uses people's names almost every sentence. He also [[TheNicknamer shortens everyone's name to a single syllable]])
* WaifFu (Pointedly averted; the only female character to get into a fight punches her opponent ([[spoiler:Nocens]]) in the face. [[BerserkButton Bad idea]])
* TheWoobie (Messus, possibly)
* YoureInsane (Edward tells Nocens this after his MotiveRant. [[InsultBackfire Nocens agrees, and says he's fine with that]])

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